SXSW Spotlight: Avers

Artist: Avers

From: Richmond, VA

Online: Artist website; official SXSW page

SXSW showcase: 10-10:4o p.m. Thursday, March 19, 720 Club Patio (720 Red River St.; entrance on Eighth Street)

About the artist


Two summers ago, happenstance landed me at a late-night session in a Richmond studio where a cast of local luminaries were laying down tracks for a developing project. Montrose Recording chief Adrian Olsen was loosely at the helm, but this collective of singer-songwriters who switched instruments, anchored by The Head and the Heart drummer Tyler Williams, showed remarkable egalitarianism and versatile musicianship.

Those sessions eventually yielded the first album by Avers, whose blend of garage-rock, psychedelia and indie noise became one of Richmond’s big stories of 2014. Joining Olsen and Willliams are Alexandra Spalding, who studied at Berklee and played cello with the acoustic group Annie & the Beekeepers, and James Mason, James Lloyd Hodges and Charlie Glenn of Richmond bands the Mason Brothers, Farm Vegas and the Trillions, respectively.

“Empty Light,” Avers’ 10-song debut, was released in April, and by the end of the year they’d opened a Richmond show for the Foo Fighters and toured the East Coast, with sights set on wider horizons. SXSW marks their first visit to Texas.

Could share a bill with: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Real Estate, Black Angels, Flaming Lips

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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